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will govern more in the mode of his first two years when he was governor of massachusetts? they uniformly said they'd be disappointed and in fact labrador one of the stars of the tea party featured in my book said there would be an insurrection. people say we have been really boisterous. you have seen nothing yet. if president romney behaves like a conservative it's going to be the death of the republican party. >> i am just going to let that sit there for a second and let that sink right in. [laughter] let's come back to the leadership. i want to ask you specifically as individuals and as a threesome that way they do or do not work well together, boehner cantor and mccarthy. characterize each one in shorthand beginning with speaker boehner. >> john boehner is a washington lifer and was not the obvious choice to be leading this sort of tea party crafts. nonetheless you can see the tea party phenomenon for the trade -- freight train that it was an elected to be on the train rather than underneath it. speaker boehner campaigned heavily for a number of the tea party freshman andy also you know be
it takes as much if not more courage to speak out against our government. it is that other countries that seek out and oppose actions. the ability to criticize and question our leaders is the essence of democracy, if we did not permit senate views than those who would confront inquiries arcola conference, how much longer would we have had slavery? how much longer with the vietnam war has dragged on and the japanese-americans interned during world war ii still be awaiting redress? i hope the mistakes made and suffering imposed upon japanese-americans nearly 60 years ago will not be repeated against arab-americans whose loyalties are now being called into question. there profiler start to resemble what the enemy looks like. let us not repeat history. he was a wise, good man. the reason he could be courageous without being sanctimonious. the reason he could be so generous and old-fashioned like gallant without seeming pompous. the reason he could be friends across the aisles and find principal compromise without sacrificing principle is because that is who he was, a whole person, united
is that we celebrate. so, 225 years ago, let's say august, 1787, self-government exists almost nowhere on the planet outside of the new world. you have a few sheep and herders in switzerland before there were swiss banks. [laughter] and holland in the netherlands are in the process of losing self-government and england has the house of commons but also has the house of lords and a hereditary king and so, you look back -- so it's a vast multitude on the planet but no self-government in russia, and china and india and africa, most of europe. you look back through the previous millennia and you have democracy and self-government existing in very few tiny city states, athens because they can't defend themselves militarily and even when it did exist people would speak the same language and worship the same god, the same climate and culture, a very small little area. that is all of world history. and you look today, democracy is half the planet. if you asked me what changed, what was the hinge of all of that i think i would say the word we the people. 225 years ago the hinge of world history
by families in times of need. it's the job of the federal government to keep our families and communities safe. it's what we do. and it's that gratitude we have when others come to our side in that moment of great need that draws this body together. so what i am urging most is that we all do count our blessings during these holidays. we do look to what we have and know that there are many families who are going without without a warm home, without that loved one who's been lost. and we know from this disaster, children were taken. grandparents were taken. husband and wives were lost. and so the least we can do is help a community rebuild from that devastation. it starts with homes. now we saw so much loss in our state. we worked out that we needed about $17 billion to rebuild the homes in new york, and we asked for a community development block grant to cover that. now our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will have a substitute bill, a substitute bill that will cut funding drastically. it's akin to if you have a five-alarm fire, you're just sending one fire truck because that's all yo
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